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April 1, 2010
Medical Officer of Health will “Do the Math” with other prominent Torontonians
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown will join nine other Torontonians to highlight the limits of social assistance rates in allowing people to eat enough nutritious food to maintain good health. Each of the nine participants will be given a typical food bank hamper and will spend the rest of the week eating only the food provided. The Stop Community Food Centre is leading the “Do the Math” campaign.

Dr. McKeown said that he is participating in this project to better understand the experience of low-income Torontonians. “Poverty and food insecurity are major threats to health. We need to walk in the shoes of others to know how true this is.”

Campaign participants include Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s), actor Anand Rajaram, businessman Michael MacMillan, and journalists Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein. Media are invited to join Dr. McKeown and all the participants at the launch of this campaign.

Date: Tuesday, April 6
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: The Stop Community Food Centre, 1884 Davenport Rd. W., Toronto

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Media contact:
Susan Sperling,
Toronto Public Health,



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